I just published a piece on my blog
comparing my current costs for mobile service with what I was paying in 2010. I thought I'd copy and paste here for your reading pleasure...
Note that while my phone plan is currently with Koodo, I depend on my Rogers LTE hotspot more than anything else. Anyway, enjoy!
Continuing with the themes of nostalgia and progress from last week
week I'm comparing cell phone bills -- that is, what I'm paying Koodo, Rogers and Bell this month versus what I was paying Fido almost three years ago. All in the name of finding out if Canada's upstart carriers have made The Big Three any better.
Before I switched to Mobilicity in October of 2010
, here's what I was paying Fido:
– City Fido
unlimited local minutes;
– 6 GB iPhone data plan
– Smartphone Value Pack (voice mail, call display and 1,000 texts);
- total per month.
When it came time to cancel I was dinged a whopping $300 in early termination fees -- a $200 ETF for my voice plan and a separate
$100 ETF for the data. Fortunately, my service with Mobilicity only cost me $35 -- as such, my monthly savings had erased that loss by the following spring.
Unfortunately, Mobilicity couldn't give me a usable signal inside my home. I eventually moved to WIND
, which was better. But after experiencing LTE data for the first time -- in Japan
, of all places -- WIND's plodding data speeds would no longer do.
Cut to present day. Here's what I'm paying for my mobile services in August, 2013:
400 national minutes & unlimited SMS, with a 10% BYOD discount;
- 300MB threshold on Koodo pay-as-you-go data;
- 5GB data threshold on my Rogers LTE hotspot
- 500MB data threshold on my Bell LTE hotspot
- total for this month.